Try This: Lots of fun on the run

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator



Cheer on more than 3,000 runners as they take part in the Vancouver USA Marathon races. The full and half marathons are Sunday, with runners having seven hours to complete the course beginning and ending at Esther Short Park. The marathon will travel to Vancouver Lake, before heading back through the Fort Vancouver National Historical Site to Wintler Park on the Columbia River. The full weekend of activities includes the Active Expo and Summer Brewfest at Esther Short Park. The second annual beer festival will feature 25 local and regional breweries offering 50 different summer-inspired brews to those 21 and older.

When: 9 a.m. to 10 today and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Brewfest hours: noon to 10 today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Esther Short Park, Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver.

Admission: Free; brewfest: $25 to $35 for ages 21 and older, includes mug and drink tokens.


The marathon is among many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2) Celebration of kids by kids

The 12th annual CamTown Youth Festival is chock-full of activities, including games, arts and crafts exhibits, entertainment and a petting zoo. Children can sell or trade homemade items or old toys at the kids flea market.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 today.

Where: Crown Park, Northeast 15th Avenue and Everett Street, Camas.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-834-5307.


3) Train ride with dad

photoColumbian files Visitors enjoy a train ride and the scenery on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad train in Yacolt.


For Father’s Day weekend, Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will bring out its restored steam engine. Take a 12-mile round-trip ride through north Clark County, as the train travels through a 330-foot-long tunnel and stops at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls. Reservations are recommended.

When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.

Admission: $20, $19 for seniors, $15 for ages 5 to 12, $13 for ages 2 to 4.

Telephone: 360-686-3559.


4) Discover your local wilderness

photoBrigade encampment re-enactor Andrew Douglas of Vancouver plays with a hoop and stick at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

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photoVancouver Water Resources Education Center Smokey Bear meets with kids at National Get Outdoors Day.


Local organizations will offer an array of activities to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. Children can try out archery, fishing, rock climbing or disc golf, along with learning more about planning an outdoor adventure to local parks, wildlife areas and public lands. Smokey Bear, Ranger Rick and Woodsy Owl will greet visitors. Visitors can also explore the historic Brigade Encampment, where costume interpreters re-enact the annual return of fur traders to Fort Vancouver. Visitors can learn about 1840s outdoor survival skills, historic children’s games, axe throwing and see a historic weapons demonstration.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 today.

Where: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

5) ‘Dragon 2’ soars

photoHiccup, right, and Toothless take flight in "How To Train Your Dragon 2."


Five years after Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and Toothless united the Vikings and dragons of Berk, the pair have set their sights on exploring the unknown space on the map. They discover a secret ice cave home to hundreds of wild dragons and a mysterious Dragon Rider. But a villainous conqueror called Drago is forcefully building a dragon army and has set his eyes on the wild dragons. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is rated PG.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; Regal Cinemas, various, Vancouver.

Cost: Varies by location.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.